California Wine Tour Travel Guide
The state motto of California is “Eureka,” which means “I have found it.” When it comes to wine, those who love the fruit of the vine will find it easy to utter this exclamation in nearly every corner of this magnificent state. Taking a wine-focused vacation to sunny California will lead you to some of the very finest wines and wineries anywhere in the world today.
Considering a quick trip and want to see all of California? Consider this: California is the most populous state in the USA with nearly 37-million residents. One out of every eight residents in the USA calls California home. Eight of the country’s most populated cities are in California. Its territory covers nearly 160,000 square miles and stretches from Oregon in the north to Mexico in the south. California produces roughly nine out of every ten bottles of wine made in the USA and there are approximately 2,900 wineries located in the state.
The good news is that no matter whether your wine tour of the Golden State is focused in North, South or Central California, there are terrific wineries to visit everywhere. In between winery visits there is so much to see and do in California you’re likely to want to start planning a return visit before you’re even home. Heck, you may even want to work in the wine industry on a full- or part-time basis!
Many visitors to California who are interested in wine begin their trip in the northern California city of San Francisco. Street cars, Victorian homes, the Golden Gate Bridge and the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay are less than two hours away from the premier wine regions of Napa and Sonoma valleys.
Perhaps it’s Southern California’s amusement parks, beaches and warm weather that are calling your name? You can still enjoy a wine country experience or two in the sunny south. Only 100 miles or so north from Los Angeles is Santa Barbara, the charming gateway to Central California’s wine-laden, relaxing heart. In fact, it is hard to go anywhere in California and be very far from beautiful scenery, good food and an endless supply of winery choices.
Whether you’re panning for gold, rubbing elbows with movie stars or surfing the big waves of the Pacific, getting to know California is just plain fun. Investigating the pleasures of California’s many wine regions is just one more reason to start planning a California vacation today.
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